Latest snow forecast
Updated: 1pm Friday 4 March 2016
The weather in the Alps remains very unsettled, with further snow forecast in many places over the next few days.
The greatest snowfall totals this weekend will be reserved for the western and, particularly, the southern Alps (e.g. St Moritz, Madonna di Campiglio), where 30-60cm is possible by Monday, locally a bit more.
After a slight rise in temperature today, it will turn colder again tonight which means that any snow will fall to low altitudes. The least snowy area this weekend will probably be the northern and north-eastern Austrian Alps (e.g. Kitzbühel, Schladming), but even here some snow is likely.
The rest of Friday will be mostly dry with variable cloud and some sunny spells. It will feel a little milder than of late, especially in the west, where freezing levels will reach 1800m.
Saturday will be cooler again, with snow showers (600-1000m) in the western and southern Austrian Alps (e.g. St Anton, Nassfeld), especially later in the day. The north-east (e.g. Schladming) should stay mostly dry with sunny spells.
Sunday will see scattered flurries, heaviest in the west where they will fall to 400m. Further east, the rain/snow limit will be closer to 800-1000m.
Monday will continue to see scattered snow flurries, with a rain/snow limit between 400m (west) and 700m (east).
The rest of Friday will be mostly cloudy with some showers, most frequent in the northern Alps (e.g. Avoriaz), with a rain/snow limit rising to 1400m.
Saturday will remain cloudy with some heavier snow likely in most areas, especially in the morning. It will be colder with a rain/snow limit around 600m.
Sunday and Monday will be cold with further snow flurries, mostly in the north, where they will fall to low altitudes. The extreme south (e.g. Isola 2000) may be drier and brighter.
The rest of Friday will be mostly dry with variable cloud and sunny spells, though some showers (snow 900m) may affect the far west (e.g. Courmayeur) later.
Saturday will be cloudier with showers or longer spells of snow (falling to low altitudes) in many places. These will be heavy at times, especially in the central and eastern Alps later (e.g. Madonna di Campiglio).
Sunday will see further snow falling to low levels in the eastern Italian Alps (e.g. Dolomites), but lighter, more scattered showers further west (e.g. Champoluc).
On Monday, any snow flurries should generally become lighter and more scattered, but it will remain cold.
The rest of Friday will be mostly dry in the central and eastern Swiss Alps. However, the far west will see some showers, which spread east during the course of the evening, with the rain/snow limit rising to 1200m.
Saturday will be mostly cloudy with showers or longer spells of snow (400-800m) in all regions, heaviest in the south (e.g. St Moritz).
Sunday and Monday will see further snow flurries to low altitudes, chiefly in the northern Swiss Alps (e.g. Engelberg), while the some southern parts stay dry.
Next week will remain cool and rather unsettled with further snow in places, perhaps settling down in the western Alps later in the week.
Next detailed snow forecast will be on Tuesday 8 March 2016, but see Today in the Alps for daily updates